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By Mark Smalley | Distributed Ledger Technology & Decentralized Finance

Blockchain drives Wanxiang’s $30B smart city project

Another company jumped on the blockchain bandwagon in a big way, with Wanxiang’s $30 billion smart city project. The Chinese electric car maker announced the mega-project at the Global Blockchain Summit.<p>Wanxiang said that it will invest $30 billion in a project that will integrate blockchain …

Smart Cities

Blockchain Could Be Music’s Next Disruptor

Artists can finally get what they deserve.<p>Anyone who follows the music industry knows of the tussles between artists and those who rely on their creative output. The traditional food chain is a long one: between those who create the music and those who pay for it—music lovers, concert goers, …

Bitcoin

Elon Musk-backed e-payments company officially launches in Singapore

Stripe claims to be powering two-thirds of the Tier 1 VC-backed startups in SingaporeUS-based e-payments giant Stripe has officially launched in …

Elon Musk

Why A Wall Street Journal Currency Reporter Didn't Understand Money Until He Learned About Bitcoin

, Women@Forbes<p><i>These are the show notes for the Unchained podcast. Listen to Laura’s whole interview with Michael Casey</i> <i>here</i><i>.</i><p>In 2013, Michael Casey had been a currency reporter at the Wall Street Journal for years when he first heard about Bitcoin. “I just went, What?! What are you talking about? …

Money

Swiss Finance Infrastructure Firm Testing Blockchain with Digital Asset

A major financial infrastructure provider in Switzerland has partnered with blockchain startup Digital Asset Holdings to build a proof-of-concept …

Switzerland

Santander Vies to Become First Bank to Issue Digital Cash on Blockchain

Spanish banking giant Santander is working on a project that explores how it could digitize customer cash using the public ethereum …

Banking

7 Financial Firms Test Blockchain for Data Management

Credit Suisse, Citi and HSBC are among seven financial firms to participate in a data management trial announced today and conducted with support …

IT

10 Blockchain Technologies Asia.

Share Email<p>The Blockchain technology use has gone beyond Europe and the US. In Africa, Blockchain technology is transforming the remittance market, …

Finance

MDEC Fintech Conference - Banking on the Future of Blockchains, Mark Smalley - Neuroware

$9 trillion and counting: How central banks are still flooding the world with money

<b>London (CNN) —</b> The money printing presses are spinning fast.<p>The world's four most powerful central banks have pumped more than $9 trillion into the global economy since the financial crisis in a bid to boost growth, inflation and employment.<p>That's a huge number, equivalent to the value of all the …

Economics

Here are 5 ways that blockchain can disrupt healthcare

When it comes to healthcare, it’s more common to hear the terms “Bitcoin” and “blockchain” as they relate to heists of hospital data, patient records …

Health

Bank of Tokyo to Use Blockchain for Contract Management By 2018

Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (BTMU) intends to begin managing its contracts on a blockchain-based platform by fiscal year 2018.<p>Built on technology …

Management

Eight years ago, Lehman Brothers collapsed—and the financial crisis lives on in slow growth and stagnant wages — Quartz

Exactly eight years ago today, Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy. The bank’s collapse has become the defining moment for the financial crisis as central banks and governments rushed to bail out other troubled banks in the US and UK.<p>Since 2008, the global economy has been struggling to recover …

Financial Crisis

How blockchain is transforming business models

The traditional business model is under attack… as well it should be.<p>In this era of disruption, it’s absolutely necessary to redefine business models and archetypes as a whole. This post dives into the benefits of blockchain, its impact on the financial system, and how some companies are …

Banking

The Trend Towards Blockchain Privacy: Zero Knowledge Proofs

<i>George Samman is the former CMO of Fuzo, a firm using blockchain to bring financial inclusion to the developing world. He is also committee chair of</i> …

Security

'Big Four' Accounting Firm Deloitte is Now Running a Bitcoin ATM

'Big Four' accounting firm Deloitte is now the owner and operator of its first bitcoin ATM.<p>After a quiet unveiling yesterday in the downtown Toronto …

Bitcoin

Banking on The Future of Blockchains

This is the presentation I gave at the central bank of Malaysia on the 5th of September (2016) during the launch of the MDEC FinTech Academy. Lots of missing context (only available in person), but nonetheless worth sharing!

Banking

The Blockchain is Perfect for Government Services

In this op-ed, investor and author William Mougayar discusses why global governments should be – and increasingly are – embracing blockchain.

Government

Plug and Play's Biggest Blockchain Batch Plans Big Bank Collaborations

Storied Silicon Valley accelerator Plug and Play recently revealed its biggest batch of blockchain startups yet.<p>As part of its fourth FinTech class, …

Microsoft Launches Smart Contracts Security Working Group

Microsoft has revealed it is organizing a working group dedicated to improving smart contracts security.<p>Named 'Kinakuta', the group aims to make it …

Security

The Emergence of Fintech: Where Does Malaysia Stand?

Fintech is a space that we’ve been operating in for the past eight years and a space we have observed for an even longer time. It is truly an …

Malaysia

Could the Blockchain End Bureaucracy?

<i>Alexander Hitchcock is a researcher at Reform, a UK-based think tank where he has authored reports on healthcare, welfare and public procurement.</i><p><i>In</i> …

Austrian Economics

EU Parliament Rep Seeks €1 Million for Blockchain Research

A member of the European Parliament is proposing that €1m ($1.1m) be spent on a task force that would focus on studying digital currencies and …

Research

Coinfirm Lets Users Analyze Bitcoin Addresses For AML Risks

<b>Analyzing Bitcoin transactions is become the new norm all of a sudden. Even though these transfers have always been publicly available in real-time,</b> …

Computer Security and PGP: What is a Blockchain ?

What is a Blockchain ?<p>A <b>blockchain</b> is a distributed database that maintains a continuously growing list of data records that cannot be tampered.<p>The …

The Banking Regulator's Dilemma

Modern financial regulation needs to encourage disruptive innovation without allowing unacceptable risks. Implemented correctly, it can result in …

Banking

Blockchain Smart Guns Platform Blocksafe Issues Tokens on Bittrex Exchange

Blocksafe, a new blockchain-based system designed to provide secure access, personal monitoring and control to owners of firearms using smart gun …

Guns

How the blockchain is changing money and business | Don Tapscott

What is the blockchain? If you don't know, you should; if you do, chances are you still need some clarification on how it actually works. Don …

Money

UBS leads team of banks working on blockchain settlement system

LONDON (Reuters) - Swiss bank UBS (UBSG.S) is leading a team of four of the world's biggest banks developing a system to enable financial markets to make payments and settle transactions quickly using blockchain technology.<p>UBS has developed a "Utility Settlement Coin" (USC), which is a digital cash …